Archive for October, 2010


• Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Glyph of the word 'iluku'.


  • (n.) ball, sphere (or some like spheroid)
  • (adj.) round, spherical (ball-like)

Li ia ie iluku e nevi i’i!
“Give me the ball!”

Notes: Actually, a faster way to say that would probably be, Neviki ie iluku!

But, yeah, playing NBA Jam, I am such a ball hog… I am pretty good offensively, but I need to remember to give the ball up more.

But anyway, onto football! Here are last week’s predictions:

Week 7

  • Kansas City 28 Jacksonville 20
  • Baltimore 35 Buffalo 17
  • San Diego 33 New England 25
  • Green Bay 22 Minnesota 19
  • New York Giants 37 Dallas 24

Not bad (4-1), but i would’ve been happier if I’d predicted fewer of them right and the Chargers had beaten the Patriots. Oh well. This takes me up to 22-13. Not bad!

This week I’m predicting even fewer upsets than I did last week. It’s not going to go well…

Week 8

  • Washington 37 Detroit 35
  • St. Louis 28 Carolina 17
  • Oakland 35 Seattle 25
  • New Orleans 42 Pittsburgh 39
  • Indianapolis 29 Houston 24

Today’s word derives from a former word of the day: luku, which means “circle”. I also referred to it in an earlier post, which means I can now link from that post to this one. Hooray! :D


• Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'miwimi'.


  • (n.) insanity
  • (v.) to be insane
  • (n.) insane person
  • (adj.) insane
  • (adj.) lousy, crazy, annoying (casual insult)

Oku miwimi ei…
“I’m not crazy…”

Notes: If you don’t have anything to do at noon Pacific tomorrow (or today, I should say), check out the Rally to Restore Sanity. It’ll be on Comedy Central, but probably also on the internet somewhere (it’s a big internet). I’m looking forward to it. :)

(Not looking forward to having to explain one day just how miwimi came to mean “insane”. If you thought that day would be today, you were sorely mistaken. Sorely!)

Update: So, apparently, it was noon Eastern. Which means I missed it. :(


• Friday, October 29th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'o'.


  • (prep.) genitive preposition used when the possessed is an integral and inseparable part of the possessor (for more information, see the section on Kamakawi pronouns)

Mata ia ie mata o ei heva…!
“Look into my eye…!”


No, this sentence doesn’t come from the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. It was inspired by the following picture:

Keli looking at the camera.

Heh, heh, heh…! I like that shot.

So I don’t remember where the iku for this genitive preposition came from, but I had a really good reason for making it look the way it does. The sentence above actually shows the only evidence for this thing being a preposition, as opposed to a prefix, like all the other genitive particles. For the rest, curious things happens when the particles come in contact with pronouns. With o, though, both entities remain distinct.


• Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'meyeli'.


  • (v.) to be covered with moss
  • (adj.) moss-covered, mossy, fuzzy
  • (n.) mossiness, fuzziness

A meyeli iko meka.
“This statue is covered with moss.”

Notes: This is a great looking…thing. I mean, it’s artificial, but it looks like it could be authentic. Check it out:

A moss-covered shrine.

This word and/or iku might look slightly familiar. That’s because awhile back I did the word mayali, which means “algae”. The iku for meyeli is identical, save for a downward stroke at the bottom of the glyph.

In addition, the sound of the word should seem familiar. Way, way, way back in Kamakawi’s history, there was some ablaut. It’s no longer productive, but certain of the lexemes have survived. One of them is meyeli. The associated meaning is something like “to be covered with x“, where x is whatever the original lexeme was. There are a couple of words where evidence of this old pattern survives, but the pattern itself is no longer productive.


• Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'hai'.


  • (n.) rivulet, stream

I hai iu mu’a.
“There’s a stream that runs through the bamboo.”

Notes: I had two shots of this, and I liked both of them, so here’s the second:

The stream that goes through the bamboo.

It’d be better if the stream weren’t artificial (concrete on either side), but I’ll take what I can get.


• Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'mu'a'.


  • (n.) bamboo

A hava nanai awi oi’i i mu’a.
“My furry friend eats bamboo.”

Notes: Continuing on in the Japanese garden, there’s a pathway that leads up to the bonzai forest lined with bamboo:

Some bamboo.

The example sentence, though, comes from some news I read. Apparently, there’s been a record number of baby pandas born in captivity in China. Advances in artificial habitats and breeding practices (including [and I’m not kidding] panda porn) have helped zookeepers to reach a holding point in the captive panda population. Take that, extinction! :D


• Monday, October 25th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'palaki'.


  • (n.) dog

A tiku ipe palaki ie mali oi nea!
“That dog is standing on her puppy!”

Notes: There were two dog statues at the entrance to the Japanese gardens, and I took a picture of both, so I figured this was as good a time as any to introduce the word for “dog”. Here’s the picture:

Another mighty dog statue.

And, indeed, that dog is standing on an itty bitty puppy! But I guess she’s doing that to protect it. (I mean, I hope.)

The Kamakawi keep dogs, in a sense (cats, too). It’s more like in a Kamakawi village, there will be any number of dogs and cats, and people will feed them, and they’ll all kind of wander around. (See, I like the sound of that.)

Hoping Roy Williams and Miles Austin have huge games tomorrow—and that the Cowboys still lose!


• Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Glyph of the word 'ikuliki'.


  • (n.) loss

A tieyatialele ika, a ikuliki ika…
“Another week, another loss…”

Notes: I lost again in fantasy football, dropping me to 4-2—and it was entirely my fault. Completely. I had three wide receivers on my bench, and all three of them outperformed the three wide receivers I started. Had I started all three, I would’ve won (by a lot). I won’t make that mistake again.

And then I went a passable 3-2 last week, bringing me to 18-12 overall:

Week 6

  • Chicago 24 Seattle 13
  • Baltimore 31 New England 25
  • New Orleans 17 Tampa Bay 10
  • Indianapolis 28 Washington 12
  • Tennessee 24 Jacksonville 17

This week I’m predicting very few upsets, which makes me nervous (the favorites never all win):

Week 7

  • Kansas City 28 Jacksonville 20
  • Baltimore 35 Buffalo 17
  • San Diego 33 New England 25
  • Green Bay 22 Minnesota 19
  • New York Giants 37 Dallas 24

Today’s word you may recognize as the derived nominal from the word from two weeks ago (or one Kamakawi week) kuliki.

Or you may not. Either way, it’s all good.


• Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Glyph of the word 'pake'.


  • (n.) mountain
  • (v.) to be enormous, to be large
  • (adj.) large
  • (adj.) rough

Kau ie pake a; ape ou mali…
“Coming down the mountain; one of many children…”

Notes: That’s from a Jane’s Addiction song, “The Mountain Song”. I thought I’d at least fill in one part of yesterday’s post today by posting the word for “mountain”.

I like the iku. It’s a good honest triangle with a little tooth (literally) in the middle. This is one of the iku that I like looking at every so often. I won’t say it’s one of my favorites, but I think it’s a good one.

I also think it’s a pretty good word for a mountain. It’s hard to characterize sounds in a way that’s universal, but I think voiceless stops have got to be among the hardest sounds we’ve got in spoken languages. They’re tough like a steak.

Mmm… Steak…


• Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Glyph of the word 'fatepake'.


  • (n.) cave

Huna ia, he Emi! A hile ei ae fatepake ti’i.
“Be silent, Human! I am warm in my cave.”


Here’s the inspiration for today’s example sentence:

Keli in her little cave.

Now I didn’t wrap her up in this afghan—oh, no. I’ve tried to put blankets on or about her before, and she was having none of it.

No, this afghan was just sitting there on the couch, minding its own business, when all of the sudden, Keli attacked it! She kind of forced her way in, muddled about inside, and then, after a brief struggle, emerged victorious, ready to hunker down for a little nap. It was quite adorable.

I was pretty sure I’d done entries for the two words that comprise today’s compound, but, looking through the archives, I guess I haven’t. How ’bout that. I’ll have to do that one day…